Alex Smith’s San Francisco 49ers, only a game out of the NFC West lead despite being 5-8, and Philip Rivers’ San Diego Chargers, a game off the pace in the AFC West at 7-6, meet Thursday live on KPIX-TV CBS 5 at 5 p.m.
If San Francisco is able to pick up the pieces of its shattered early season and win the NFC West, it will have to do it without star running back Frank Gore.
The San Francisco 49ers have a proud history of success marred recently by futility. The Arizona Cardinals have a lamentable history of futility with recent success.
The San Francisco 49ers have brought back kicker Shane Andrus to replace injured starter Joe Nedney at least for this Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.
With quarterback Alex Smith ruled out because of a separated shoulder, San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary is gambling on Troy Smith being able to turn his struggling team around.
It has been eight years since the Bay Area has seen one of its NFL teams put together a winning season, a drought that appears likely to continue in 2010.
The San Francisco 49ers are quickly catching on to the philosophical shift new coordinator Michael Johnson has brought to their offense.